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Foreword : A Bibliotherapy Journaling Workshop

Foreword : A Bibliotherapy Journaling Workshop

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Why the name of Foreword?

A foreword is a piece of writing that precedes a book and tells the reader why they should read the book. In that sense, it is a window into the very soul of the book. Much like books, people come with forewords too. We call these human forewords; emotions, thoughts, words and actions - all of them paths to understanding our innermost self. 

Now, if you caught on early, “foreword” sounds a lot like “forward” and that is what the journaling workshop aims at: to assist you in moving towards understanding yourself, your characteristics, and lastly, appreciate the myriad complexities of your life. After all, bibliotherapy promotes problem solving, increases compassion, and enhances empathetic understanding!
Over 10 days, you will get acquainted with different books, authors and characters; nudged on by journaling prompts based on these passages. Think of these reflective questions as guides to understanding aspects of yourself, eventually opening up a door for acceptance and awareness. Most importantly, the supportive words of the authors will assist you in your reading journey, so you truly have a friend to hold you through this!

What to expect in the workshop?

  1. We’ll introduce you to the concept of bibliotherapy, explaining the process of bibliotherapy and its purpose.
  2. Identifying aspects from the given passages that you relate to and how you can make it your own. 
  3. Awareness and acceptance of the inner processes of self-doubt, blame, & self-criticism. 
  4. Having access to text that you can go back to and peruse during difficult times. 
  5. Having an action plan to implement the insights that come up.
  6. Getting to know yourself (and your loved characters) better!
  7. Reconnecting with your favourite books and characters. 
  8. Explore and get acquainted with different aspects of mental health.
  9. And most importantly, eliminate your reading slump!

📅 Date: September 10 (Sunday)
⌚ Time: 6pm (everyday for 10 days the prompt will reach your inbox)
🌐 Location: Online (Journal from the comfort of your own home!)

Some of the many benefits of journaling for self compassion :
  1. Increased Resilience: Self-compassion helps individuals bounce back from setbacks and challenges more effectively. It fosters a kind and supportive inner voice, which allows people to be more adaptable and better cope with stress and adversity.
  2. Reduced Self-Criticism By practicing self-compassion, individuals can quiet their inner critic and reduce negative self-talk. This shift in mindset leads to greater self-acceptance and a more positive self-image.
  3. Improved Mental Health: Studies have shown that self-compassion is associated with lower levels of anxiety, depression, and overall psychological distress. It promotes emotional well-being and a greater sense of inner peace.
  4. Enhanced Self-Esteem: Self-compassion is different from self-esteem, as it doesn't rely on external validation. By showing kindness and understanding towards oneself, individuals can develop a more stable and authentic sense of self-worth.
  5. Better Relationships: When we are compassionate toward ourselves, we can extend that same compassion to others. This leads to healthier and more fulfilling relationships, as empathy and understanding become the foundation of our interactions.
  6. Increased Motivation for Growth: Contrary to the belief that self-compassion promotes complacency, research suggests that it actually enhances motivation. When individuals treat themselves with kindness, they are more willing to take risks and learn from their mistakes.
  7. Improved Physical Health :Self-compassion has been linked to better physical health outcomes, such as reduced inflammation and improved immune function. It also encourages healthier lifestyle choices and self-care practices.
  8. Mindfulness and Presence: Self-compassion often goes hand in hand with mindfulness. By being aware of and accepting our emotions without judgment, we can experience the present moment more fully and authentically.
  9. Stress Reduction: Engaging in self-compassion practices activates the body's relaxation response, leading to reduced cortisol levels and a decrease in overall stress and tension.
  10. Greater Emotional Intelligence: Through self-compassion, individuals develop a deeper understanding of their emotions and are better able to regulate them. This heightened emotional intelligence positively impacts decision-making and interpersonal skills.

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